Bring Your Own Toilet!

Scottish camping and caravan sites are hoping to re-open this summer, but strict new rules mean campers might find themselves without any toilets or showers.


The Camping and Caravanning Club are making a number of changes to their sites in Scotland and England and are hoping to open the majority of their UK sites in July, so long as the government approves.

But there will be a number of changes at the sites, to comply with social distancing and good hygiene which means many could be forced to open without access to the toilet and shower blocks.

The club announced they plan to start opening campsites in England from July 4 – with Scottish, Welsh and Irish sites hopefully following after.

But they also told how a number of campsites will remain closed until next year.

In a statement on their website, the company said, “At the current time we plan to open the majority of Club Sites, including as many as possible with toilet block facilities.

“Opening with toilet and shower facilities will only happen if we’re allowed to do so by the government. Some campsites however, will open without toilets and showers.

“Campers will also be able to pitch their own toilet tent on their allocated pitch.

“In order to operate our sites in a responsible manner we will be increasing our cleaning regimes; where facility blocks are open there will be 2 deep cleans a day and 4 supplementary cleans – this places extra demand on our staff so we have had to look at campsites which are better suited to self-sufficient campers where facility blocks will not be open this season.”


Other changes to the sites include:


  • Contactless check in
  • Sensible social distancing – pitches have six-metre spacing and they’ll reduce the number of people on Club Sites with facility blocks
  • There will be signs and floor markings as a “common sense” reminder to keep two metres from other people
  • Where facility blocks are open, there will be two deep cleans and four supplementary cleans a day and guidance on how many people the block can accommodate at one time
  • Campers will also be able to pitch their own toilet tent on their allocated pitch
  • On campsites where facility blocks are open, they ask that if you are able to use your own facilities in your unit, you do so as much as possible
  • They’re only allowing individual bookings and with well-managed sites to prevent large groups assembling
  • Campers will not be able to have any day visitors to their pitches
  • Whilst washing up areas will remain open, communal areas such as receptions, shops, laundries and play areas will remain closed, so make sure to bring essentials with you as they will be unable to sell gas
  • Service points will be open – so follow hand washing guidance; whilst they will have this available on sites, they ask campers to also bring with them their own supplies of soap and hand sanitiser
  • They will not be opening Ready Camp Safari Tents, Pods or Self-Catering units this season



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Open with facility blocks:


The Camping and Caravanning Club Sites listed below will be open for the 2020 season with toilet and shower blocks available to use. The reception, play areas, laundry facilities and other communal areas on the site will remain closed to help facilitate social distancing.


  • Alton The Star, Staffordshire
  • Ashbourne, Derbyshire
  • Blackmore, Malvern Hills
  • Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
  • Canterbury, Kent
  • Charmouth, Dorset
  • Chertsey, Surrey
  • Culzean Castle, Ayrshire
  • Dartmouth, Devon
  • Delamere Forest, Cheshire
  • Derwentwater, Lake District
  • Devizes, Wiltshire
  • Dingwall, Highlands
  • Drayton Manor, Staffordshire
  • Dunbar, East Lothian
  • Dunstan Hill, Northumberland
  • Hertford, Herfordshire
  • Horsley, Surrey
  • Keswick, Lake District
  • Kingsbury Water Park, Midlands
  • Loch Ness Shores, Inverness
  • Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire
  • Milarrochy Bay, Loch Lomond
  • Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway
  • Moreton, Dorset
  • Normans Bay, Sussex
  • Scarborough, Yorkshire
  • Scone, Tayside
  • Sennen Cove, Cornwall
  • Slapton Sands, Devon
  • Slingsby, Yorkshire
  • St Neots, Cambridgeshire
  • Theobalds Park, Hertfordshire
  • Tregurrian, Cornwall
  • Verwood, New Forest
  • West Runton, Norfolk
  • Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
  • Windermere, Lake District
  • Wolverley, Worcestershire
  • Wyeside, Powys


The Camping and Caravanning Club camp site at Edinbane on Loch Greshornish. Picture by SANDY McCOOK


Open without facility blocks:


The campsites below will be open in 2020 without toilet and shower blocks. If you do choose to stay on one of these club sites, you will need to bring your own sanitation. Separate toilet tents can be used on your allocated pitch to accommodate your own chemical toilet. The reception, play areas, laundry facilities and other communal areas on the site will remain closed to help facilitate social distancing.

All sites will provide access to fresh drinking water, a place to dispose of toilet waste such as a Chemical Disposal Point (CDP), motorhome service points and washing-up facilities. Pitches will be available with electric hook-ups.



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Closed for 2020

These campsites will re-open in 2021.


  • Adgestone
  • Boroughbridge
  • Bude
  • California Cross
  • Crowden
  • Folkestone
  • Glencoe
  • Haltwhistle
  • Inverewe Gardens
  • Jedburgh
  • Kelvedon Hatch
  • Lauder
  • Leek
  • Llanystumdwy
  • Lynton
  • Minehead
  • Nairn
  • Norwich
  • Oban
  • Oldbury
  • Sheriff Hutton
  • Slindon
  • Speyside
  • St Davids
  • Umberleigh
  • Veryan



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